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HP PCs - Updating Drivers and Software with Windows Update (Windows 10, 8)

This document applies to HP and Compaq computers using Windows 10 or 8 with an Internet connection.
This document helps you obtain software and driver updates that are available from Microsoft using the Windows Update tool. Not all drivers and software are available through Windows Update. For additional updates, open HP Support Assistant or go to the HP Customer Support webpage for your computer model, or check with the software manufacturer.
The following types of updates are available through Windows Update:
  • Security updates: These updates are usually critical and help make your computer more secure from online threats.
  • Windows bug fixes and enhancements: Update to improve the experience of Windows 10 and 8.
  • Drivers: Computer and hardware component manufacturers work with Microsoft to supply updated drivers through Windows update. These are usually available as optional updates in the Windows Update experience. Not all drivers might be available.
HP recommends that you use Windows Update on a regular basis. Microsoft, HP, and other hardware and software vendors diligently pursue fixes and enhancements for their products. Many vendors, including HP, use the Windows Update tool to distribute important updates.
The following is a list of some types of updates that you would not use Windows Update to find:
Understanding Windows Update
The Windows Update utility determines which updates are applicable to your computer and then downloads and installs them automatically. To make sure that your computer stays up to date, you should select the option to automatically install updates.
  • If an update requires a restart to complete the installation process, you can schedule this action for a specific time when it will not disrupt your work. You can also postpone a previously scheduled restart until your current work is complete.
  • If a software update applies to a file in use, Windows can save the application data, close the application, update the file, and then restart the application.
To manage the update process, Windows Update provides options that give you control over whether to download and install upgrades automatically or manually. At any time, you can also manually check for, and install any available updates using the Windows Update. You can scan for updates, review details about each one, access your update history, and manage your update preferences.
Installing updates using Windows Update
Install Windows Updates using the instructions for your version of Windows.
Windows Update issues
HP recommends running the Windows Update Diagnostic tool before doing additional troubleshooting. Click one of the following links to download and install the Windows Update Diagnostic tool:

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